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How do I configure 5 servers that are running MS Virtual Server to share a SAN (iscsi) to hold the Virtual Server Images.

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Hi,

I am in the process of installing a group of virtual servers (Microsoft Virtual Server).  I have a blade server with up to 10 blades and a EMC SAN.  Each blade server has access to dual NICs, where one will be used for an HBA.  

Each blade will be running Microsoft Server 2003 Enterprise with IScsi, and EMC Configuration Utility, IIS, and Microsoft Virtual Server R2 Enterprise.

The goal of the installation is to be able to run any of the Virtual servers (images) from any of the blades, shouild one of the blades go bad.

I understand that a shared disk is a quorum, but I haven't figured out how to install the cluster so that all servers have access to the shared disk.  Are there any ariticles  that talk about this scenario, or can someone provide some advice on how I can achieve the configuration that I am looking to do?

I would appreciate any help that I can get.

Thanks.
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Well, here is a good article on using clustering to cluster Microsoft Virtual Servers.  The limitation you'll be dealing with is that MS clustering only supports 8 nodes in a cluster, so best case you'll want 7 active nodes and one passive node.  The quorum drive though in clusters should typically be treated separately.  So basically you'll have a Q: drive for a quorum drive, and then each node of the cluster will have a different drive letter setup to host the virtual machines that run from that virtual server in the cluster.  CHeck out this article for how to actually setup clustering with MS Virtual Server:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/virtualserver/deploy/cvs2005.mspx
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